Our recent trip to Pickens, South Carolina found us on Main Street where Brock’s Department Store is located. A visit to this store is a step back in time and a fun place to wander around.
Chris and I visited on a slow Tuesday and were the only customers in the store the entire time but it was still a really great place to check out.
Glenn Brock took over ownership of the store in 1957 and the day we were there his son, Randy, was manning the store. He was gracious and was happy to let me take pictures and enjoy all of the things that the store has to offer.
So what does the story carry? A little bit of everything but the focus currently has shifted to boots and hats and some clothing. Poking around in the store allowed me the chance to see that the store is just one of those hold outs from the past with the merchandise that didn’t sell well still hanging around someplace.
But probably the most interesting part of the store is not the merchandise for sale. Randy Brock is an accomplished hunter and fisherman and the store is a museum of his many trophies. A huge black bear dominates and had me spellbound. I do love our black bears around here and this one that Randy Brock shot is a pretty amazing specimen. Now even if you are not a fan of hunting (which I am sure some of my readers are not) it is pretty amazing to see (and hear the fun soundtrack Randy turned on for me) these amazing animals that are on display.
Another part of the store shares a lot of artifacts that have been found including this amazing display of arrowheads.
While Pickens, South Carolina is probably not on anyone’s Bucket List it definitely worth the trip to check out Brock’s Department Store and experience a small town department store at its best. For more information about hours and location please visit their Facebook page here. If you missed my post on Pickens, South Carolina click here to read more.
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This is certainly the most unique department store I’ve ever seen.
I can’t tell if you think it is neat or disturbing. 🙂 It definitely had a variety of items, that is for sure.
I don’t like the animal heads. The rest of it I’m fine with as I appreciate independent and unique businesses.
Well it was more than the actual heads for a lot of them which was pretty unexpected but it all seemed to fit there for some reason. Thanks for stopping by and taking my little tour.
Don’t you just love those kind of stores? They are so fascinating, I think. We stopped once at a old-time general store in West Virginia on our way back from a trip and we spent a long time just walking through the merchandise and saying “Look at that!” to one another. Like a walk into the past.
Yep! I know exactly what you mean. We have an old time Ace Hardware in Brevard that has EVERYTHING and I mean everything. It is amazing what they have in there and how they know exactly where every single item is. And they have a store cat. Win win!
Who can resist a pair of red long johns!
However, I would only set foot in this store for the bare necessities. Hehehe.
HAhahhahahhahahhahahah. Well played, Katybeth. Well played.
Right? Who doesn’t need a pair or two?
What a unique store. Small towns can be so interesting.
Small towns are the best sometimes. I love finding places like this little department store.
What an interesting place! I agree with my friend, Shirley: small towns are the best!
Small towns rock, don’t they?
What a delightful trip back in time!
It really was. I love finding places like this that are unexpected.